This weekend, for the 4 000th consecutive match, Manchester United will take to the field with an academy graduate in their squad. Not all starlets went on to enjoy success at Old Trafford, however. Here are 10 who failed to live up to expectations at the club.
Click through the gallery above to see 10 wonderkids who failed to live up to expectations at Manchester United!
The Red Devils' academy is one of the most famous in world football, having produced the likes of David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville in the past. In recent years, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood have broken through, but not all of the academy's talented youngsters make the grade at the club.
Danny Welbeck, who was once backed to be a star in United's attack, managed just 29 goals in 142 appearances for the team before moving on to Arsenal, and he now plies his trade with relegation-threatened Watford.
The England international fared better than fellow attacking graduates Frazier Campbell, James Wilson and Adnan Januzaj, however, with all three failing to secure extended spells at the club. Januzaj, in particular, was backed to be a star but, after failed loan spells at Borussia Dortmund and Sunderland, was shipped off to Real Sociedad.
Before them, former Italy star Giuseppe Rossi was tipped for a bright future, but enjoyed greater success away from United than he did at Old Trafford. The US-born striker scored four goals in 14 appearances for the Red Devils before going on to star for Villarreal in Spain.
Current Premier League stars Ben Foster, Ravel Morrison and Michael Keane also feature among United's biggest academy rejects – you can see the full list by scrolling through the gallery above!
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